ASHP Statement on Bar-Code Verification During Inventory, Preparation, and Dispensing of Medications

March 2011
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy;3/1/2011, Vol. 68 Issue 5, p442
Academic Journal
The article presents a report by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) on bar-code verification during inventory, preparation, and dispensing of medications. Also discussed are the benefits, limitations and validation of bar-code-assisted medication administration (BCMA). The report concludes that the prudent use of bar-code scanning in these processes can enhance patient safety, quality of care and drug distribution process, besides identifying sources of routine errors.


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